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Dallas Mavericks gaining some steam as popular long shot in NBA Orlando

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks making noise as a popular long shot in NBA Orlando

The Dallas Mavericks currently sit seventh in the Western Conference ahead of the NBA’s restart. They are right in the mix, though. The Mavs sit just 5.5 games behind the second-seeded LA Clippers. The conference standings could shake up significantly in Disney.

The NBA is finalizing its plan to restart the action. 22 teams will be heading to Orlando to conclude the 2019-2020 season. Regular season games are set to begin on July 30 with eight played per team. Then, the league will shift into the playoffs with a play-in for the final position in each conference before the traditional four rounds of seven-game series.

The restart plan is perfect for the Mavericks. They have a chance to move up in the standings, but the league did not schedule enough games for them to sink. The Mavs will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Fans can read five reasons why the plan is perfect for Dallas here.

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The Mavericks are gaining steam as a team that could make a run in Orlando too. Let us take a look at two pieces of evidence.

Dallas Mavericks getting some love as a pick in NBA Disney

ESPN experts did a poll on various topics about the NBA’s restart. One question asked was which two teams would face off in the Western Conference finals. The Mavericks received 2.9 percent of the votes. Dallas was one of five teams to be selected. The Lakers and Clippers were overwhelming favorites, but the Rockets, Nuggets, and Mavs earned selections.

Joe Fortenbaugh also made the Mavericks his pick if you are taking a gamble on a longshot.

Do not count Dallas out in Orlando. They are a young team featuring the best offense in the NBA. The compressed schedule is going to favor youth. Luka Doncic is a proven winner too. The Mavs have all the ingredients to make some noise during the NBA’s restart. Stay tuned to see what happens in Orlando.

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